Alarm Marks a Tough Day for the Thunderbolts
ORLANDO - The workday started with the hotel
fire alarm blaring a warning 15 minutes before the Birmingham
Thunderbolts were set to board the bus to the Citrus
Bowl, and according to coach Gerry DiNardo, Birmingham's
XFL entry should have heeded that warning.
got our butts kicked today, basically stunk the place
up," DiNardo said following a joint workout with
the Orlando Rage. "We are going back to work Thursday
and bring our lunch buckets.
were probably some good things, but we will have to
look at the film and find them," DiNardo said.
"It's still preseason, though. Thankfully we don't
have to play until Feb. 4."
policy implemented following last week's scrimmages
doesn't allow teams to report stats and scores from
workouts with other teams, but Birmingham players admitted
they probably could have used some help from Orlando
Fire Engine 101 that responded to the false alarm at
were moving faster than we were and we didn't play good
technique," linebacker James Willis said. "Every
player will look at himself on the film and we will
learn from it."
Wednesday's session, the Bolts medical staff could be
easily convinced that the sirens sounding at the hotel
were injury warnings. At least eight Birmingham players
required attention from the training staff during the
tight ends were hobbled during the workout, with Nicky
Savoie suffering a concussion, Scott Thompson a knee
injury and Ed Smith a hip pointer. Alex Hass was the
only tight end left standing for the major portion of
back Fred White also suffered a knee injury. Both White
and Thompson were scheduled for MRI testing and more
details on their injuries should come Thursday.
backs Calvin Jackson and Chris Shelling both suffered
neck strains, while running back James Bostic came away
with a forearm contusion and receiver Damon Gourdine
Casey Weldon said Birmingham's work against the Rage
was not all bad, noting a successful two-minute drill
while lamenting the Bolts inability to take care of
had a turnover on a 13-play drive, but we played well
in our two-minute drill," Weldon said. "Most
of the rough edges were little things that won't happen
when the season starts. We will be better because of
Bolts return to work Thursday with a 3:15
p.m. practice before resuming two-a-days